Mitsui (TYO:8031) Executes WestSide Corporation Limited (ASX:WCL) Bowen Basin Tenement Farm-in Agreements
Mitsui (TYO:8031) Executes WestSide Corporation Limited (ASX:WCL) Bowen Basin Tenement Farm-in Agreements

Brisbane, July 1, 2011 AEST (ABN Newswire) - WestSide Corporation Limited (googlechartASX:WCL) is pleased to advise that Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd (Mitsui) has today executed farm-in agreements to acquire 49 per cent of the Company's 50 per cent interests in Bowen Basin tenements ATP 688P and ATP 769P.

Mitsui will pay WestSide approximately A$11.5 million - a sum equivalent to 49 per cent of WestSide's acquisition and continuing exploration costs within the tenements to date. Settlement is scheduled to occur following Queensland Ministerial approval of the change in tenement interests.

Mitsui will then have a 24.5 per cent interest in those tenements while WestSide's interest in each tenement reduces from 50 per cent to 25.5 per cent. QGC - A BG Group business (QGC) holds the balance in each.

The farm-ins were accommodated under the recent agreement between WestSide and QGC to restructure their joint venture arrangements covering the tenements. Westside is now the Operator of ATP 688P and approximately half of the ATP 769P Joint Venture.

WestSide's Chief Executive Officer Dr Julie Beeby welcomed the expansion of the existing alliance with Mitsui to include the Company's other prospective Bowen Basin tenement interests via a three party exploration joint venture with QGC, Operator of the Queensland Curtis LNG project.

"These farm-ins significantly strengthen WestSide's joint venture relationship with Mitsui and credentials as an effective, low-cost operator, and validate the Meridian SeamGas joint venture's LNG strategy," Dr Beeby said.

"Significantly, ATP 769P is contiguous with the Meridian SeamGas gasfields and contains the Paranui gasfield where WestSide is currently operating a production pilot project."

Dr Beeby said funds from the farm-ins would provide WestSide with greater financial flexibility to create shareholder value through its various exploration and production programs.

In March 2010 WestSide and Mitsui announced they would jointly acquire the since renamed Meridian SeamGas CSG fields and that Mitsui would have an option to acquire 49 per cent of WestSide's existing interests in ATP 769P and its new Galilee Basin tenements (ATP 974P and ATP 978P). The option was later extended to include ATP 688P.

The map of Bowen Basin tenements ATP 688P and ATP 769P can be viewed here:


Julie Beeby
Chief Executive Officer
WestSide Corporation Limited
Tel: +61-7-3020-0900

Richard Owen
Investor & Community Relations Manager
WestSide Corporation Limited
Tel: +61-7-3020-0900
Mob: +61-412-869-937

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